LaVar Ball did something genuinely good in the public eye for someone besides his sons? Hallelujah!
Thanks to his play in the Junior Basketball Association, Kezo Brown of the Chicago Ballers has signed a contract to play basketball professional overseas in France.
Brown had suffered from mental health problems prior to joining the JBA, as he spent time in a psychiatric hospital, according to his father. Once a heavily recruited prospect, Brown had discussions with Kansas and Duke before his condition resulted in those talks falling through.
The JBA, a league backed by Big Baller Brand ownership, gave Brown an opportunity to show the world that he can still play basketball at a high level, which he certainly did. During his time with the Chicago Ballers, Brown averaged 22.3 points and 4.8 assists per game.
Invited to Team USA camp.— Cycle (@bycycle) July 3, 2018
Recruited by Duke and Kansas.
Kezo Brown nearly lost it all, but he’s still chasing his dream—through LaVar’s JBA. pic.twitter.com/BbaMjleis6
While LaVar Ball initially started the JBA in hopes of competing for young talent with the NCAA, his platform may have found its own niche -- somewhere in between youth independent leagues and Ice Cube's BIG3 in that it gives players who have been outcast by the modern NBA and NCAA a chance to shine on the national stage.